Two panelists of an Australian current affairs panel show were debating domestic violence and the society’s attitude toward the problem when things got a little heated.
It all started when an audience member named Tarang Chawla asked how politicians and the media can play an important role in changing cultural norms that facilitate domestic violence.
During his question, Chawla shared his sister’s story who was murdered by her partner and made a special reference to two Australian media personalities: Eddie McGuire, who joked about drowning a sports journalist Caroline Wilson during a radio show, and Sam Newman, who later defended McGuire.
The first answer came from Steve Price. He began by saying that "far too much was made" McGuire’s comments and he had apologized immediately.
"If you listen to that broadcast in context, it was a bunch of blokes laughing about things they shouldn't have laughed about," Price said.
However, this answer didn’t sit well with Vanessa Van Badham, a regular columnist for Guardian Australia.
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She slammed Price for making excuses for McGuire and Newman.
“What you see as jokes made by a bunch of blokes, you know, from the position of being one of those blokes who has probably in on some of those jokes,” she said. “I see as a woman who is part of a social world where violence is.”
“Just because you’re a woman, you’re not the only person who can get upset about this,” Price interjected, drawing a loud gasp from the audience, including Chawla.
And as if this wasn’t bad enough, he accused Van Badham of being “hysterical.”
But she wasn’t having any of it.
“It is probably my ovaries making me do it, Steve,” Van Badham shot back.
You can watch the complete exchange in the video above.
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